COP next week

So, travelling to Copenhagen next week with the boss to attend the awards ceremony on the 10th, for the Copenhagen Bike Share competition. Hopefully we win, or win an award, or get some sort of recognition. If not, well, it should be interesting none the less to see the other submissions, take in some Danish beer, as well as some good food.

On the topic of Copenhagen, given the climate conference going on, I just saw this video, and thought I'd share.


Quite possibly the best, most fun, live song, evah!

Ok, just thought I would toss this one up as well. The video isn't from the show I was at, but this live performance gives a really good idea of how it is live. (really really great)

Patrick Watson - Where the Wild Things Are


Quite possibly the most best show evah!

Monday night I caught Patrick Watson and the Wooden Arms at Paradiso in Amsterdam, with opening act Thus Owls (from Sweden).

The show was amazing! I'm already a big Patrick Watson fan to begin with, but this was also my first time catching a live performance by him. He really has a great stage presence - is funny/comical, relaxed, and ad libs pretty good too.

The sound was also really really good. Hmm, adjectives to describe the sound (in my mind at least): haunting (but not in a scary way), nostalgic (in a by gone era kinda way), dreamy, experimental, orchestral, playful. Yeah, it's a unique sound, and a bunch of different songs have their own character too.

I found a few Youtube vids from the show. I didn't record anything myself, but just enjoyed the show. (just a note, these vids were quite likely recorded with Iphones, so the sound quality isn't that great, but not too bad either)

Patrick Watson - Tracy's Waters

Patrick Watson - Big Bird in a Small Cage

You can take the boy outta the country....

But you can't take the country outta the boy.

Hit up Agritechnica, Europe's biggest agricultural machinery trades show in Hanover around the middle of last month. I planned it so well that I went on the weekend before the submission deadline for the Copenhagen Bike Share project I was working on (ended up working on Sunday, Monday all night, and Tuesday morning, to courier it away to arrive on Wednesday morning).

Either way, still had fun. Niels had planned/hoped to go too, but appendicitis at the last minute and lack of a valid landed immigrant card can hold things up a bit :(

I went looking at things from 2 different view points I guess; industrial designer (with some of the projects at work, has caused me to pay more attention to surfaces, details, etc, as well as the use of standard components - namely lights), and the farmboy.

-Giant truck mounted wood chipper

-Logging Equipment

-Viking Lawnmowers - I think it's the white steel tubes that caught my attention, and how they follow through over the mower deck.

-Feed mixer from space - Or just Italy

-Krone (German) Bix X - a ginormous harvester

-Krone Big M - a ginormous mower

-Lely (Dutch) round baler - older design style

-Lely round baler - newer design style

-Lely round baler - newest design style

-Claas (German) Xerion - another huge tractor (might not look as big because I'm holding the camera straight above my head - those tires are at least 2m tall!)

-Claas Xerion - hood detail (the Xerion even more for me for the fact one of my bosses worked on the design of the first generation of these tractors, while he was doing more contract design jobs)

-Claas Axion

-Claas Axion - hood detail

-Claas Scorpion - when I saw this, I was just thinking lofts, sweeps and facets, I think I've been working with Solidworks too much

-Claas Elios - cool headlamps on this one

-Claas Xerion - with mowers

-Claas Xerion - with tillage equipment

Valtra (Finnish) T Series

-Valtra S Series

-Valtra S Series - hood detail

-Valtra N92 - I like what kinda comes across as true Scandinavian design with these tractors - here the simple V logo works real nice

-Valtra N92 - hood detail

-Fendt (German) Vario 823

-Fendt Vario - rear fender detail - crazy plastic details going on here

-Lamborghini (Italy) - yes, Lamborghini tractors

-Deutz Fahr (German) Agrotron - their most ginormous model

-Deutz Fahr Agrotron - hood detail - might notice it's pretty similar to the Lamborghini, the 2 brands exist within one parent company

-Deutz Fahr Agrofarm

-Deutz Fahr Agroplus F - hood detail

-Deutz Fahr Agrofarm - hood detail - I really like how the name is subtly embossed in the steel mesh

-New Holland (American) concept Hydrogen tractor

-New Holland concept - hood detail

-New Holland concept - it's got like an alien insect look to it

-New Holland concept - hood side detail

-Grimme (German) potato harvestor


Can con

Bought a(nother) album this week (legal download, for real!), and it's another Canadian (as it seems they are the only ones I actually buy). Listening to podcasts from CBC's R3, as well as Q, I think I keep myself fairly well up on the scene going on in Canada (otherwise somebody let me know what I'm not up on).

-The Album I bought - Dan Mangan - Nice, Nice, Very Nice

A really great album through and through. I like all the tracks, of course there are some notable ones that have got some play time on R3, namely Sold, and Robots (I think at least). Other tracks I like: Basket, Fair Verona, Road Regrets, Robots, Sold, The Indie Queens are waiting, and especially because of the strings, I really like You Silly Git.

He did an interview, and played some music on Q on Thursday October 22nd 2009 (just last week, I think I had already bought the album before this, just)

Beyond this, as for me and my obsession with Canadian indie music, I bought 2 tickets to catch Patrick Watson at Paradiso in Amsterdam on the 30th of November. Hopefully I'll find somebody to go with by then.


Long weekend to København

So last weekend, I took the night train to København (Copenhagen) and back (the 16th-19th). Partially for me, to see the city, get away, and explore Europe, and partially because I've gotten us onto a project at work to take on the Copenhagen Bike Share Competition.

-Train to Moskwa - So, part of my train went to Moscow, thankfully, my part went on to Denmark, my intended destination

-The clear clean waters and picturesque city of København

-Danes on bikes - catching bike culture with the city, doing double duty for vacation and project research

-Some fancy courtyard - I didn't pay attention the entire time to where I was

-Waterfront panorama - this is the view of the main waterfront, on the main river, in front of the library

-København Library - one of the architectural highlights (of modern architecture) in the city

-Library atrium - so Danish, all clean lines, natural materials, and either black or white

-Main entrance to the library - (I think)

-Library atrium looking out - really frames the view across the river

-Old meets new - This is where the old part of the library attaches to the new

-Super big round ring light

-Waterfront buildings - so many nice old water/harborfront buildings

-Side street - the archway at the end of the street looked cool, a bit communist looking even

-Postcard perfect - this is one of the main streets that ends up on the postcards for the city

-København Opera House - the other main modern architectural highlight of the city

-Skuespiller Huset - (theatre), also a highlight of modern architecture in the city

-More waterfront buildings - this one looks like its converted into apartments

-Bike parking - at the Theatre

-Opera House from across the water at Ameliehavn - an impressive, and almost intimidating view of the building

-More old waterfront buildings

-Big statue/fountain - info/details unkown

-The Little Mermaid - probably the most iconic/famous part of København, but also the least interesting, and anti-climactic

-Churchillparken - an old fort in the city

-Medieval looking buildings in the city

-Fast Cargo - The Larry vs Harry flagship store for the Bullitt (Worlds Fastest cargo bike), sadly, closed while I was there, which sucked because I'm a real big fan of these bikes

-Empty Bycyklen rack - (Bycyklen being the bike share bikes they want a new version of)

-Bycyklen - iconic and fairly robust, but not quite attractive bike share bikes

-Opera House panorama

-Sunset at the Opera House - I really like the outdoor lighting here, very clean

-Amielienborgplads from across the river - contrast of new and old architecture here

-Inside the Danish Design Centre - classic Braun on display on the permenant collection, in the basement, next to the installation for the Braun Prize

-Interesting exhibit at the Danish Design Centre - not sure if I fully absorbed it, but the swings were fun, as was the carwash like paper things in the background there

-Central space of the Design Centre - featuring some typical Danish designs

-City "lake" - there's a kind of series of these "lakes" that seperate 2 neighborhoods as a form of parks

-Fixie scene - fixie fever has gotten the Danes too, was surprised with the number of fixies and singlespeeds I spotted in the city (was similarily surprised by this same phenomenon in Toronto last time I was home), this bike I spotted on more then one occasion

-Islands Brygge Havnebadet - on the other side of the river/harbour, is the swimming pool, which is actually just an sectioned off area of the river where people swim when the weather is nice (the water in the city is that clean)

-Monday morning commute - some more research, it was interesting to observe the differences in bike culture here versus the Netherlands and other places

-Bycklen at Hovedbanegården (central station) - lots of bikes and bike racks, of course the cheap bike share bikes were seldom to be found (this lone one at the station I took for a brief test ride)

If anyone has any great ideas or suggestions for the competition, I'm open to hear it.